Radio Nederland Presents, Date With the Dutch!
Listen – It Came To Me – MP3
First, a warning.
The record I bring to you today is just over two and one half minutes of unbridled savagery, and I can’t make any promises that after you finish playing it, your computer, MP3 player, nay your ears will ever again function in quite the same way.
Before I go any further (of course), a little background.
Back in the heady days of the mid-80’s, when youths the world over grew their hair out, strapped on Cuban-heeled boots and plugged in fuzzboxes, the punk of the 1960’s returned for a few heavy years.
I was lucky enough to be involved in the New York/NJ end of the scene, in which some very devoted followers of the garage/mod vibe gathered to play, write about and listen to these sounds in places like The Dive, The Peppermint Lounge and later McCarthy’s/TheStrip, Venus Records (Ron Rimsite, where you at man?) and lesser corners of the Mod revivalist universe.
Though my focus going into this whole bag was US 60’s garage punk, I quickly found my way to UK psyche and Mod R&B. One dark corner of the latter was occupied by what was known (back in the 60’s, as well as the then present) Nederbeat, that being the raw R&B that emanated from behind the dikes, in the land of tulips, wooden shoes and of course hash bars.
I speak of Holland (natch).
Though I won’t yank yer chain and claim to have been an expert on Nederbeat (I’m not sure I knew anyone who was), I was at the very least an enthusiastic tourist, and thanks to a couple of very hot comps my mid-80’s mix tapes were peppered liberally with groups like the Outsiders (the Dutch, Wally Tax Outsiders, not the ‘Time Won’t Let Me’ band), Cuby & the Blizzards, Beat Buddies (‘Pins In My Heart’ is GENIUS I tell you!), Rob Hoeke R&B Group, The Jay Jays (‘Shake It Some More’) and the band who made the record you’re hearing today, the mighty Q65.
I actually first heard today’s selection ‘It Came To Me’ via a cover version by Californian revivalists the Telltale Hearts, who included in their ranks the legendary Mike Stax (he of Ugly Things fame). I loved the Telltale Hearts version, so naturally I sought out the Q65 orginal, and when I found it, let me tell you brothers and sisters, my wig was FLIPPED! This was – as the kids say – the shit.
The cover version was certainly hot, but the original…whoa…the original is one of the heaviest records I have ever heard, 110% manic, fuzzed out mayhem that sounds like it might just blow your stereo to smithereens.
A few years later on – probably 1987/88, in one of my first big-money record deals (which at the time was probably around $20…my how times have changed), I worked out a deal with a cat in Holland and a few short (but painful) weeks later, the record you see above dropped through the mailslot into my sweaty meathooks.
Since that day it has been one of my prized 45-type possessions. It’s one of those records that when I pull it out of the box and take yet another loving look at the picture sleeve, I can’t wait to slip it on the turntable and set the howling demons of the Hague loose upon the world one more time.
So…what you need to do, is download the track, slip it on the pod-like device of your choosing, lock yourself in the closet, slip on the headphones and turn the volume up to the maximum. Make sure you’re surrounded by coats, because you will begin banging your head and convulsing with delight almost immediately, resting only to take in the harmonica solo before the fuzz guitar comes back in to tear up the joint.
If you survive, I’ll see you next week.
Heh, heh, heh….